Surgery & Getting Hooked on a TV Show

I do not watch a lot of television. I do not find a lot of shows that hold my interest long enough to prevent me from the alternative of getting things done.  I am not here to argue that of course you can get things done AND watch T.V., but that does not work for me regularly. Usually, I do not have the television on until 8 o’clock at night or later ….. when I find myself ready to “sit” for an hour. I guess I like a quiet house!

However, a couple of weeks ago, I had a fairly major surgery. All turned out well, thankfully, but the recovery time is six to eight weeks. By my fourth post-operative day, I was bored.  I came across an advertisement for a PBS show on Masterpiece Theater called Endeavour. It looked intriguing! I love historical fiction novels and mysteries and this looked to be a combination of the two. The first season, in 2013, was set in the 1950’s in Oxford, England.  Given that it is PBS, it is rich with innuendo and smart language. The plots are twisted and endings not so obvious that you are tripping over the story by the end. Mostly of all, the characters are complex. The viewer is shown things about the characters, by their expressions, words or lack there of, and their relationships.

By, this time – two weeks after surgery and ten days after starting to watch Endeavor, I can say that I am hooked on this show!  I buzzed quickly through the first season – four episodes of 1.5 hours each, without silly commercials. Yesterday, I finished the second season at the end of which was a shocker! Do not worry, I will not tell you any more than that so as not to spoil it for you. I am more and more intrigued by the main characters as the story goes on. The show offers intrigue, a little romance, some secrets, and not always a happy resolution. The main character is very complex. His name is Endeavour Morse. He is a gifted police detective but only tolerated, not revered, by those around him. He loves music and has a wealth of knowledge he shares seamlessly in the course of conversation. Even though he is able to solve cases, his intellect still manages to annoy those in charge.  Watching the show has definitely put my boredom aside for now.

I am blaming my surgery for being hooked on this show.  There are two seasons left. Season three can still be viewed via Amazon Prime streaming. I think the only way to view season four is to purchase it or wait until it streams. In any case, I think I need to slow down and savor these last eight or so episodes because when they are done – I will have to get busy again!

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